Outer Hebrides Tourism Community Interest Company

Outer Hebrides Tourism Community Interest Company

Outer Hebrides Tourism collaborated with the University of Glasgow as part of the Adopt a Business scheme; a new initiative aimed at boosting the sector’s recovery from COVID-19 by connecting tourism businesses to university academics and students; helping businesses to diversify and adapt to the new environment.​

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Dumfries Museum

Mari Findlay, from Interface, put Siobhán Ratchford, curator at Dumfries Museum, in touch with the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH) Internship/Artist Residency programme, where PhD student Kirsty Kernohan archived, digitised and catalogued a collection of Dr Kissling's possessions, which had been donated to the museum.

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Amanda Pickford, from Shock Innovations Ltd, collaborated with Fife College to develop a training module designed specifically at educating heating engineers on how to use thermal cameras.  It was crucial that Shock Innovations Ltd could provide their future customers with these new skills and extra knowledge to support the benefits of using their software, ThermaFy.

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Go Upstream

Interface introduced Go Upstream to the OPENspace Research Centre, based at the universities of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt, to evaluate their project of bringing disabled people together with transport staff to explore connections from rail stations to ferry terminals, and then collaboratively design solutions to these challenges. 

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Vanilla Blush

Interface matched medical lingerie business, Vanilla Blush, with the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) to support the development of a new line of underwear for men and women living with a colostomy, ileostomy or a urostomy. In particular, the research looked at support garments during physical activity, to reduce the risk of hernia in people who have a bowel stoma. 

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Macdeck Landscaping Ltd

Interface partnered Macdeck Landscaping with the University of Strathclyde to create a universal branded/trademarked Construction System product. The product would offer the ability to create natural landscapes on raised structures, particularly in flooded areas, and create a wider scope of vision for architects and town and country planners at a more economical cost.

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Johnstons of Elgin

Interface matched Johnstons of Elgin with Heriot-Watt University to analyse their energy usage across the main business units of dyes, weaving, logistics, finishing and yarns.  The company was subsequently matched with the University of Strathclyde to research innovative techniques and technologies for objectively measuring the finish attributes of its woven cashmere pieces.

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McCormack Innovation Ltd

After being referred by Business Gateway in Fife, Interface was able to match McCormack Innovation Ltd with the University of Dundee to have the base material of their innovative wound dressing dermatologically tested and developed for market entry.

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Altitude Thinking

The Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher has been awarded to fund a collaboration project between Altitude Thinking and City of Glasgow College to tackle marine pollution by using innovative technology in rivers and canals, capable of monitoring water quality and collection of marine waste.


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RIGOCAL Engineering Ltd

Interface matched RIGOCAL with the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) at the University of Edinburgh to do a feasibility study into the development of an algorithm for the automatic extraction of marine mammals (seals, dolphins, whales, porpoises) in video images from thermally detected radiations (infrared camera) and high definition images (RGB camera).

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Botanicals Library

Interface supported the partnership between Heriot-Watt University’s world-renowned International Centre for Brewing & Distilling with the Scottish Distillers Association and five distilleries that enabled the development of a unique library of botanicals grown in Scotland. 

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